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[in-hyoo-muh n, or, often,,yoo-muh n ] /ɪnˈhyu mən, or, often,, ‐ˈyu mən /
lacking human attributes:
The unhuman figures in his earlier work were not well received.
of a quality or power beyond what is human; superhuman:
Her hands clenched the chair with unhuman strength.
not a member of the human species:
Of our unhuman relatives, I love the mountain gorillas best.
Origin of unhuman
First recorded in 1780-85; un-1 + human Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Hemmed in by the crowd, he could but face me; he did so with a kind of unhuman passivity.

  • It was a curious sound, loud and hollow and unhuman, yet it seemed to be a cough.

  • Why, that's the most unhuman thing I ever heard of in all my life!

    The Admiral's Caravan Charles E. Carryl
  • But neither ancient gentleman could convince me that you are unhuman.

    The Thing from the Lake

    Eleanor M. Ingram
  • As always, my human organism shrank from Its unhuman neighborhood.

    The Thing from the Lake

    Eleanor M. Ingram
  • Desire of mine and of the unhuman Thing, did we grasp at Eve or Lilith?

    The Thing from the Lake

    Eleanor M. Ingram
  • Passion spoiled everything, and it was very ugly and unhuman.

    Mogens and Other Stories Jens Peter Jacobsen
  • It was a crumbling stump atop a rusty hill, unhuman and grotesque.

    Duel on Syrtis Poul William Anderson
  • For that's all she is at the moment—a shell, now emptied and unhuman.

    Mask of Death Paul Ernst
  • The city was so dark and the people were so very many and so unhuman.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
Word Origin and History for unhuman

1540s, "inhumane, cruel," from un- (1) "not" + human. Meaning "superhuman" is from 1782.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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